Tags : Broadcast

Behind the Story: How KATC exposed problems with early animal euthanasia in Louisiana

Video by KATC-Lafayette

You don’t need to work in a large newsroom to pull off an investigative story with impact. Earlier this year KATC-Lafayette’s Tina Macias and Allison Bourne-Vanneck revealed that in 2013 a Louisiana animal shelter euthanized a quarter of the dogs that passed through its doors in less than four days – the hold time stipulated by the parish’s animal control ordinance.

Macias, an investigative producer, used public records requests to track down documents on intakes and euthanasia drugs. When the shelter tried to charge the station thousands of dollars, Macias looked up the law and ...

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Sign up for Friday, Saturday Broadcast Show & Tell slots

Sign-ups are open for Broadcast Show & Tell. These sessions allow you to share your investigations with colleagues from around the country. Veteran broadcasters will moderate each session. Each slot runs for 10 minutes and includes a 5-minute break. All of the sessions will take place in Salon 14-15.

For the first time this year we're offering online sign-ups. As of 6/27, Friday and Saturday sign-ups are open. Sign up for a Friday spot here. Sign up for a Saturday spot here.

Visit the Broadcast Show & Tell page for more information.

Behind the Story: How KSHB-Kansas City uncovered a trail of dirty deeds

Video by Ryan Kath and John Woods, KSHB

KSHB-Kansas City’s year-long investigation into a widespread real estate fraud scheme started simple – with a tip from an observant neighbor.

But when reporter Ryan Kath started looking into the housing documents, he spotted a bigger problem. Someone had been stealing homes by forging signature of both the living and the dead. Often, Kath found, the homeowners had no idea.

It’s a crime that’s “shockingly easy,” and little oversight was in place to keep it from happening. The dirty deeds forced victims to pay thousands of dollars in legal fees ...

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New webinar focuses on data journalism for broadcasters

KTVB-Boise investigative reporter Jamie Grey explains how to get started on data projects, offering story ideas and tips for visualizing data on air. She walks through several examples including:

  • Finding stories in airport and flight data
  • Analyzing interstate crash data using basic Excel techniques
  • Charting population change using driver's license data
  • Using county jail data to determine the cost of recidivism
  • Turning quick-hit stories using post-election and bridge data

Grey's presentation is designed for broadcast journalists, but would be good for anyone looking to get started in data journalism.

"Data Journalism for Broadcasters" is the latest in a ...

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IRE members honored with Peabody Awards

Several members of Investigative Reporters and Editors were named 2013 Peabody Award winners. To learn more about the awards, click here.

 

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Behind the Story: The reality of Oklahoma's Quality Jobs Program

Last month, the Oklahoma Impact Team for KWTV News 9 in Oklahoma City and KOTV News on 6 in Tulsa, Okla., examined the much-touted Oklahoma Quality Jobs Program to see if it works as intended or amounts to a corporate giveaway. They found that three-quarters of a billion dollars in tax rebates have been awarded to approximately 660 companies, some of which have eliminated jobs or sent jobs overseas while collecting payments under the program. Companies met job-creation predictions about one-third of the time.

Alex Cameron and Jeff Raymond of the Oklahoma Impact Team for KWTV and KOTV sent IRE ...

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Broadcast panels offer insight to all at this year's IRE Conference

We've got a great lineup of panels for broadcasters and anyone who shoots video for their projects at this year's IRE Conference in Boston next month.
Sessions will dig into confrontation interviews, how to take your story national, making document-based stories visual and how to do more with less. A panel of network media attorneys tell you what to when threatened with a lawsuit, Poynter's Al Tompkins gives you tips to avoid being fooled by doctored video and the people behind some of the best stories of the year give you a step-by-step guide in how they ...
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Behind the Story: Doctors caught cheating on the way to the top

 

Memorizing test questions and passing them on to future test takers is considered cheating by most people. However, for many radiologists, attempting to become board certified, it is simply a technique used to study. CNN's "Exclusive: Doctors cheated on exams" takes a close look:

"From my understanding, I would say nationwide from my friends across the country who are all in the same stages of training throughout the years, everyone gets a group. People decided beforehand what sections I will focus on, in terms of trying to recall those questions and answers," said Dr. John Yoo, a practicing radiologist ...

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Nursing home promises fall short

When the California legislature passed a law to drastically increase funding to nursing homes, it came with a promise that worker wages would rise, staffing would soar and patient care would improve.

The law passed in 2004. When I started working on investigative articles for California Watch in the fall of 2009, it seemed like a good idea to take a close look at whether the promises attached to hundreds of millions of dollars came true.

What we found was noteworthy. State and federal funders poured an additional $880 million into nursing homes over five years, moving the annual funding ...

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Q & A on getting health care data

Editor’s note: In his recent Uplink article, Michael J. Berens of The Seattle Times showed how hospital admission data helped him uncover the scope of drug-resistant infections. But getting medical data is often difficult for journalists because of privacy rules. Here, Nancy Amons of WSMV- Nashville explains how she overcame privacy obstacles to get data for stories about TennCare, Tennessee’s Medicaid program. Amons specializes in investigative and computer-assisted reporting and is a regular speaker at IRE and NICAR conferences. Q: What is the biggest problem you run into while requesting health care-related data? How do you deal with ...

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